Proposed energy law completes turbulent second reading


A proposed new energy law completed its problematic second reading in the lower house of the Czech parliament Wednesday after considerable delays. Discussion over the shape of the new law took place on Tuesday and into Wednesday with hundreds of amendments proposed. The main critics of the proposed law, which among other things cushions the burden on industrial users of supporting renewable power, has been the Dawn Party. The national energy regulator, ERÚ, has also warned that that it could spark a massive new drain on public and state resources adding up to 150 billion crowns. Those fears have been brushed aside by the bill’s main sponsor, the Ministry of Industry and Trade.